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Air Quality 102: Understanding What’s in the Air

While Pittsburgh has come a long way when it comes to air quality improvements, it still has a long ways to go. Recent research indicates that Pittsburgh has some of the worst air quality in the country. This puts Pittsburgh-area residents at risk for everything from cancer to heart attack, stroke, and various respiratory and other illnesses. Now more than…

Hike Through History: How Donora’s Killer Smog Gave Birth to Cleaner Air

Dangerous air quality and poor weather conditions led to a killer smog to form over Donora in 1948 that claimed the lives of 27 people and sickened scores more. In May, you’re invited to join GASP, Venture Outdoors, and the Donora Historical Society for a hike through history: Our trek will take hikers through the past, present, and future of…

GASP Teams Up with Lawrenceville Clean Air Now

About 50 people attended a meeting hosted by the local grassroots group Lawrenceville Clean Air Now (LCAN) on March 13 to hear an Air Quality 101 presentation by GASP Executive Director Rachel Filippini. During the presentation, Filippini discussed what contaminants pollute Lawrenceville’s air,  the possible sources of those contaminants, as well as the health impacts associated with them. For those…

GASP Board Member Honored with Carnegie Science Award

Congratulations are in order for GASP board member Harold Rickenbacker, who will be honored in May with a Carnegie Science Award. “The Carnegie Science Awards provide an opportunity to celebrate the remarkably talented individuals and organizations in our region’s science community,” said Jason Brown, Henry Buhl, Jr., Interim Director of Carnegie Science Center. “These innovators have had immeasurable impact on…

GASP Seeks Local Smoke Readers; Free Training Provided

They say, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” They say, “Actions are louder than words.” What they don’t tell you is how to be the change, or what action to take, exactly. We will: If you wish air quality was better in the Pittsburgh area and you want to do something to help effect change locally, please consider signing up…

Air Quality 101: Smell Something? Say Something!

Take a deep breath. Smell something acrid or chemical? How about the odor of rotten eggs? Then report it! While the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (more commonly referred to as DEP) regulates air quality in the Keystone State, Allegheny and Philadelphia Counties do things a little differently. Instead of being regulated by DEP, air-quality issues are instead handled by…

Women’s History Month: GASP’s Feisty Founder Was a Pittsburgh Trailblazer

March is Women’s History Month and truly, we couldn’t celebrate GASP history without highlighting all the women who helped us fight the good air quality fight for the past 50 years. Today, we are putting the spotlight on our co-founder and first president, the fiery Michelle Madoff. They say that, “Well behaved women seldom make history.” The quote seems fitting…